October 22, 2020 – November 8, 2020
The Denver Film Festival is virtual this year. It has over a 100 films, short films, student shorts, music videos, and episodic content. DFF has a number of programs that are part of the festival, and also run content at Denver Film yearlong including: CineLatinnX, CinemaQ, J’Adore, Women + Film & SeriesFest. DFF also has featured this year the Colorado Dragon Film Festival, Culinary Cinema, Italian Showcase, Spotlight on UK/Ireland Cinema, Colorado Spotlight, Contemporary World Cinema and a Spotlight on Social Justice.
“The DFF43 program befits the complexities and opportunities presented to us in 2020 — a balance of thought provoking, issue-driven films addressing our challenging times, along with inspirational, charming, and life-affirming fare,” said Denver Film Festival Artistic Director, Matthew Campbell. “The program is an expansive, yet focused, sampling of international, U.S., and local films; with the goal of offering something for all tastes. Though we might not be able to convene in person this year, we hope these films connect Colorado cinema lovers in a way we’ve never before achieved.”
Here are suggestions of what to watch:
Atlantis – A surrealist film set in a future Eastern Ukraine where Sergiy and Katya meet while exhuming war corpses. Nominated for Krzysztof Kieślowski Award for Best Feature Film
I Am Greta – A documentary about Greta Thunberg with never before seen footage
Little Fish – Newlyweds find themselves in a world with a different pandemic. One that causes its victims to lose their memories
Women In Blue – A documentary about Minneapolis’ first female police chief Janee Harteau filmed between 2017-2019
The 8th – The 8th traces Ireland’s campaign to remove the 8th Amendment – a constitutional ban on abortion.
People gather outside Iran embassy in France on June 13, 2019 to support Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and demand her release. – Sotoudeh has been sentenced to a total of 33 years in prison over a case with seven charges, but she is to only serve the longest sentence, 12 years imposed for “encouraging corruption and debauchery”. She has also been convicted of espionage. Sotoudeh has also been sentenced to a total of 148 lashes for appearing in court without the hijab Islamic head covering and for another offence. (Photo by FRANCOIS GUILLOT / AFP)
Nasrin – A portrait of Nasrin Sotoudeh, a human rights activist and political prisoner through the eyes of Iran’s women’s right movement.
Nevia – Nevia is 17 and lives in the suburbs of Naples with her beloved little sister Enza, their aunt Lucia and their grandmother Nana. She is a stubborn teenager, determined to get from life much more than fate has planned for her, but it’s hard to be a girl in a place where only men can make the rules and apparently there are no options but make ends meet with little illegal jobs. Until one day, a circus comes to town, changing everything in Nevia’s life and giving her a new hope…
Als sie eines Tages von ihrem Freund (Jacob Matschenz) wegen einer anderen Frau verlassen wird, blüht ihr das ähnliche Schicksal wie der gleichnamigen griechischen Sagenfigur: sie muss ihren Ex umbringen und ins Wasser zurückkehren. Doch Undine wehrt sich gegen diesen Fluch. Da taucht der Industrietaucher Christoph (Franz Rogowski) auf, in den sich Undine verliebt. Die beiden verbringen eine glückliche Zeit miteinander, doch als Christoph spürt, dass Undine vor etwas davonzulaufen scheint, muss sie sich entscheiden.
Undine – A dark fantasy where a Berlin historian is forced to kill the man who betrays her. Nominated for Krzysztof Kieślowski Award for Best Feature Film
Shiva Baby – A near college graduate, Danielle, gets paid by her sugar daddy and rushes to meet her neurotic parents at a family shiva. Nominated for American Independent Award
Nadia, Butterfly – While young and in her prime, Nadia decides to retire from pro swimming after the Olympic Games to escape a rigid life of sacrifice. Nominated for Krzysztof Kieślowski Award for Best Feature Film
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